A 15-year vet of the Mouse House’s music division, Bunt oversees all of Disney’s recorded music and music publishing operations, which includes the Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records labels, as well as film and TV soundtracks for Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
He has served as executive VP of the division since Bob Cavallo retired in January 2012, essentially running the music arm since then.
Bunt moves into the president post after significantly expanding Disney Music Group’s longterm agreement with Universal Music Group this month. Deal covers physical and digital rights to Disney albums around the world and gives DMG artists access to UMG’s stable of producers and songwriters.
Bunt, who started his career at Rick Rubin’s Def American Recordings, joined Hollywood Records and the Disney Music Group in 1998, focusing mostly on the label and group’s digital strategy, before helping launch the Jonas Brothers, Gomez and Lovato.